More opposition for proposed meetinghouse in Boston

Several state legislators and dozens of town meeting members have signed on to a letter petitioning Brookline officials to reject the design of a proposed Mormon chapel on Route 9. “It’s not good planning,” said state Rep. Frank Smizik, who has signed the letter along with fellow Brookline legislators State Sen. Cynthia Creem and state Rep. Mike Rush. In the open letter to the board obtained by the Globe, the residents said they do not dispute that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the right to build a meeting house at 603 Boylston Street and worship freely. But the letter states that the size of the proposed meetinghouse is far too big for the lot, which is slightly larger than an acre. Smizik said he, too, is concerned that the proposed meeting house is too big for the small lot, and he said the proposal will force too many changes on the neighborhood.
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